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What can we learn from the personal insights of individuals living and coping with Multiple Sclerosis?

Malcomson, KS, Lowe-Strong, Andrea and Dunwoody, Lynn (2008) What can we learn from the personal insights of individuals living and coping with Multiple Sclerosis? Disability and Rehabilitation, 30 (9). pp. 662-674. [Journal article]

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DOI: 10.1080/09638280701400730


Purpose. The aim of this qualitative study was to explore the personal accounts of individuals with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Hence the study presents individuals experiences of living with MS to date and the effective self-management strategies employed to cope in day-to-day life. Methods. Thematic analysis was used to explore the personal narratives of thirteen individuals with MS in two focus group discussions. Results. Participants in both groups identified similar themes related to the experiences of living and coping with MS. These were: Learning something was wrong (before diagnosis); getting a name (diagnosis); lack of professional support; unchanging family relationships, adjustments to employment circumstances and social life; challenges; successful coping via proactivity, perspective and control (self-management techniques); advice for others, and recommendations as to how services could be improved and developed. Conclusion. The most salient finding is that there is a need for a formal approach to the management of psychosocial problems and challenges associated with MS. This will require both users and health professionals working together to further the development of clinical guidelines and services for this population.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Health Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute of Nursing and Health Research > Centre for Health and Rehabilitation Technologies
ID Code:8969
Deposited By: Dr Andrea Lowe-Strong
Deposited On:27 Jan 2010 15:05
Last Modified:09 Dec 2015 10:40

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